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earmark

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noun ear·mark \ˈir-ˌmärk\

Simple Definition of earmark

  • : a mark or quality that shows what something is or what it could be

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of earmark

  1. 1 :  a mark of identification on the ear of an animal

  2. 2 :  a distinguishing mark <all the earmarks of poverty>

  3. 3 :  a provision in Congressional legislation that allocates a specified amount of money for a specific project, program, or organization

15th Century

First Known Use of earmark

15th century


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earmark

verb ear·mark

Simple Definition of earmark

  • : to say that something will be used or treated in a specified way

  • : to put (money) aside for a special purpose

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of earmark

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to mark (livestock) with an earmark b :  to mark in a distinguishing manner

  3. 2 :  to designate (as funds) for a specific use or owner <money earmarked for education>

Examples of earmark in a sentence

  1. The project uses funds that had been earmarked for education.

  2. <the earnings from my second job have been earmarked for a down payment on a car>



1591

First Known Use of earmark

1591




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